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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-48/1498 – measures in Greece

Transfer of annual leave 2020 for employees with suspended employment contracts

Μεταφορά Ετήσιας Αδειας Ετους 2020 Εργαζομένων με συμβάσεις εργασίας που τελούν σε αναστολή

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 26 November 2020 – 30 June 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
Author Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound
Measure added 29 November 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)

Background information

Employers can transfer the annual leave of their employees, all or part of it, until 30 June 2021. Eligible are businesses that that have been financially affected as per their Activity Code Numbers (ACN) or their operation has been suspended under a state decision due to the adoption of extraordinary and temporary measures in the labour market to deal with and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Content of measure

By virtue of Article 69, Law 4756/2020 (OGJ Α' 235/26.11.2020) "Measures to support workers and vulnerable social groups, social security arrangements and provisions to help the unemployed", and the Circular 49500/1498/2020, businesses with employees whose employment contracts have been suspended since March 2020 and, continue to be suspended, without interruption or intermittently, until 31 December 2020, are eligible to transfer all or part of the respective employee's annual leave of 2020.

According to the Law, employers may, by way of derogation from the relevant provisions on regular annual leave, make use of this provision and apply it for annual leaves, until 30 June, 2021.Therefore, the right to the annual leave is terminated at the beginning of the suspension and continues with the activation of the employment contract, after the lifting of the suspension of operation of the company, in accordance with the provisions in force.

Use of measure

There is no available estimation up to now.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No available information

Views and reactions

No available information


  • 26 November 2020: Law 4756/2020, Article 69 'Transfer of an annual regular leave for the year 2020 to employees with suspended employment contracts (


Eurofound (2020), Transfer of annual leave 2020 for employees with suspended employment contracts, measure GR-2020-48/1498 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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